Robert Ludlum’s The Janson Command by Paul Garrison

Last night while browsing around Amazon UK I saw a listing for a new novel by Robert Ludlum.

Correction, I should say a new Robert Ludlum novel by someone else. Ludlum died in 2001 but since then there have been numerous novels by other authors under his name, most notably the continuation Bourne novels by Eric Lustbader.

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This new book is called The Janson Command and is a follow-up to the Ludlum novel The Janson Directive published around 2003. I was going to ignore this new book but I thought I’d see who the publishers had got to write the thing. The name on the cover was Paul Garrison.

Well, that changes everything.

Because Paul Garrison is a pen name used by Justin Scott, and Scott is one of my favourite authors, responsible for, among others, the shipkiller, normandie triangle and a pride of kings. A quick check of his website www.seastoriesbypaulgarrison.com confirmed he was the author so this moves the book very high up the list of what I want to read this year.

The uk publication date is given as 1 March, which through coincidence or design is the same day that The Thief by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott is published. That one is the newest entry in Cussler’s Isaac Bell series of adventures set in the early 1900s.

Here’s the blurb for The Janson Command

Reformed from his days of assassination and international conspiracy, Paul Janson has a new mission and a new partner. Working with kickass sharpshooter Jessica Kincaid, he helps other disenchanted covert operatives to be rehabilitated and create new lives. He also accepts independent jobs, but only missions he believes will contribute to the greater good. Janson takes the job to rescue a doctor who has been kidnapped by West African rebels during an ambush of an American oil service boat. At first, it appears that the doctor’s life was spared in order to treat the rebels’ wounded leader Ferdinand Poe, a beacon of hope against a cruel dictator. But when the mission goes haywire, Janson realizes he’s in the middle of something much bigger. The puppet dictator has anonymous backers with designs on the oil reserves of this struggling nation – and Janson may find he’s been fighting for the wrong side the whole time.

I note there is another book in the series called The Janson Dilemma due for publication in 2013.